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Hi I'm Berenice

I'm a wife, a mother, a homemaker, a teacher, a learner and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Twelve years ago, I graduated from college and started my career as a middle school English teacher. I loved working with my inner-city eighth graders teaching them to use language and writing as ways to creatively discover and express themselves. I envisioned doing this for the rest of my life. After just a few months of teaching, I met and fell in love with my husband. While I did teach for a few more years after getting married, as soon as our first son was born, I left teaching and became a full-time mother and homemaker. Now, after eleven years of marriage, I have four very busy children who are ages two to nine. Every day, I help them get ready for the day, drive them to and from school, sports and play dates, volunteer at their schools, help one son with scouts, teach two to play the piano, and help with homework. I also play Star Wars and cars, barbies and babies, throw pitches, push bicycles around the block and occasionally jump on the trampoline. This is all while also doing my best to cook, clean, keep up with laundry, mow the lawn, and work a garden. Whew!!! It's a good thing I love them all so much! Although it's not the same kind of teaching that I started out with, I do love what I do and wouldn't trade it for anything. For my "me-time", I enjoy exercising, playing volleyball, biking, playing the piano, reading, blogging (although it's been over a year!), spending time with friends and being alone with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was about three years old; so basically, I've been a member of this Church my whole life. My testimony was born with me basically believing what my parents and Church teachers taught me. Even as a very young child, I felt happy when I was at church, when I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, when I prayed, and when I learned and followed the teachings of the Church; so I kept on. While a student at BYU, I participated in a work study program in Germany for a few months. I was away from home, family, friends and all things familiar to me. I found myself feeling lonely, frustrated with language limitations, and just plain ole' sad. I started to read my Book of Mormon with more spiritual hunger than I ever had before. My prayers to my Heavenly Father also became more sincere and fervent. Comfort came along with a conviction of the testimony that I'd always had of the truthfulness of this Gospel and this Church. It was during this time that I decided to serve as a missionary for the Church. During the eighteen months that I served as a full-time missionary, I found so much joy from sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the Argentine people. I watched lives change as people came to know their Savior Jesus Christ and as they committed to follow Him and His teachings. My own convictions were made even more solid. Now as a wife and mother I find continual peace, comfort, purpose and direction from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know where I came from, I know why I am here, and I know where I am going; in other words, I know the plan that my Heavenly Father has for me and my family. A living prophet on the earth today teaches me exactly what I need to know and do to be able to return to live with God and Jesus. And the Bible, Book of Mormon and other scriptures give me much needed comfort and direction. I can't imagine life not being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily through the simple things that I do and say. I pray regularly and try to read and study the scriptures every day. I try to think about Jesus and live my life in a way that I hope would please Him. I'm not perfect at this, but I do try and life goes better when I do! I am a faithful and devoted wife who works together with my husband to raise a Christ-centered family. Our ultimate goal is to become an eternal family, so we try to daily live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as best as we can so we can one day be worthy of this enormous blessing. I teach my kids to pray morning and night, before meals and throughout the day. We try to read the scriptures as a family and apply their teachings in our every-day lives. I teach my kids to try to be like Jesus Christ in all that they do and say. We strive to follow the counsel of our living prophet and past prophets, both ancient and modern. We make mistakes and fall short every single day, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to repent, pick ourselves up and try again. It's hard work and I fall short in many ways, but I keep on trying! I also live my faith by serving in the Church. I am assigned to be a teacher and adviser for girls who are 14 and 15 years old. I prepare and teach about three lessons each month, with topics ranging from improving personal prayer, to dating choices, to giving service to understanding our Savior's Atonement. I also help plan and participate in weekly activities with the girls. We play games, learn strategies for improved scripture study, learn homemaking skills, participate in community service, and many other activities that help the girls understand their very special role and purpose in this life. I also serve as a visiting teacher for my ward. Along with a companion, I visit three women in their home at least once each month. We share a spiritual message, make sure that they are doing o.k., and most importantly try to be a good friend.